The 2018 Honda Ridgeline. Ridgeline is a mid-size offering from Honda. The Ridgeline is more of an SUV, owing to its unibody construction as opposed to the more traditional truck-like Body on frame construction. Pricing starts at $29,630 and goes up to $43,120 for higher trim levels. Ridgeline owes its design nuances to the Honda Pilot. Considering the same, Ridgeline can also be considered Pilot's sister car.
The Honda Ridgeline comes in 6 different trims, starting from the base trim - RT priced at $29.630 to top Black Edition which retails at $43,120. While ABS with EBD and other passive safety features are standard on all the trims, All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is unavailable on the RT trim. It has an engine of 3.5 liter V-6 which produces a power of 280 hp and a torque of 262 lb-ft. But the main question now is if the Ridgeline is worth it, with even the top trim priced at the top price of $43,120 with the absence of off-road features and towing capabilities? Let's find out!
Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab 5.3 ft. SB AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Starting at $43,220 MSRP
280 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Regular unleaded
all wheel drive
Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide
If you are on a budget and you want a truck just to perform its duties, opt for the base RT trim which gets enough equipment to get you going. But if you can stretch your budget a bit further, RTL-T trim not only has an AWD but also adds a whole lot of features and tech to make your ownership experience even better.
7.8/10 Pricing and Features
8.5/10 Engine and Performance
8.5/10 Fuel Economy
8.5/10 Final Verdict
2018 Honda Ridgeline Pricing and Features
2018 Honda Ridgeline is a mid-size offering from Honda. It is more of an SUV, owing to its unibody construction as opposed to the more traditional truck-like Body on frame construction. Pricing starts at $29,630 and goes up to $43,120 for higher trim levels. Let us now look at the various trims and their features offered by the model which has been presented in a tabular form for better understanding.
RT (No AWD)
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines
Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System
Truck-Bed Audio System
Exclusive 18-Inch Black-Painted Alloy Wheels
Bluetooth Hands-Free Link and Streaming Audio
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
540-Watt Premium Audio System with 8 Speakers, including Subwoofer
Black Side Mirrors, Door Handles, and Front Skid Plate
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Remote Engine Start
Heated Front Seats
Honda Sensing Feature Suite
Black Leather Trim with Contrasting Red Stitching
200-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
Red Ambient LED Lighting
Capless Fuel Filler
18-Inch Gray-Painted Alloy Wheels
LED Headlights with Auto-On/
5-Inch Color LCD ScreenPush Button Start
·Plus everything on the RT Trim
Blue Ambient LED Lighting
SMS Text Message Function
225-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer
8-Inch Display Audio with Electrostatic Touch-Screen
Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System
Plus all features on RTL
Although the car stands a firm ground with the engine that It comes with. It would also muster a gathering of free thinkers and choosers, with no engine options at all. It somewhat loses against other trucks in the category even when fully equipped and upgraded.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Engine and Performance
Ridgeline shares its underpinnings with the Honda Pilot, so is the powertrain on this one. Honda Ridgeline is equipped with a 3.5L V6 i-VTEC engine that pumps out 280 HP and generates peak torque of 262 lb-ft. peaking at 4700 rpm. The engine teamed with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission drives almost as smooth as any luxury SUV in the market.
With no engine options available, the V6 does fare well against the competition in terms of on-road performance. Mated the 3.5L V6 is a 6-speed automatic transmission and Honda Ridgeline is not a truck with any more choices available. Other trucks in the category have taken a couple of steps more when it comes to the transmission.
3.5 L, V6
3.5 L, V6
3.6 L, V6
3.6 L, V6
262 lb-ft at 4700 rpm
265 lb-ft at 4600 rpm
275 lb-ft at 4000 rpm
275 lb-ft at 4000 rpm
Likes of Colorado and Canyon Denali offer 8-Speed Automatics with the V-6 configurations, while Honda and the Toyota Tacoma still make do with the 6-speed transmission resulting in slower quarter-mile timings. The addition of a better transmission would have rendered Ridgeline a better vehicle in terms of pure acceleration.
Acceleration and Handling of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab
The V6 on the Ridgeline is not the best powerhouse available in the V6 setting but sure has a lot of upswept advantages over the other cars in the segment. The 3.5L Gas-powered V6 is capable of delivering 280 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque resulting in reaching 0 to 60 mph in under 6.6 secs while a quarter-mile in 15.2 seconds while crossing the line at 93 mph.
Honda Ridgeline is actually a family SUV disguised as a truck on the overall driving front. When Honda decided to carve the truck out of the Pilot, they made sure that the pleasure and feel ride along with all the other features. The Ridgeline offers excellent traction on all fours, although the front-wheel-drive doesn't disappoint either. Moreover, the engine comes with an Intelligent Traction Management System with Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow driving modes, too.
The Ridgeline also offers a rack and pinion steering. With hard suspension the Ridgeline is confident around the tightest of turns, it is firm, solid but a little bumpy at times, just a little. All thanks to the 18-inch wheels with 245/60 rubber and the high tire walls, the wheel always feels in control and the ride doesn't become any rough even over the rougher patches.
3.5 L, V6
3.5 L, V6
3.6 L, V6
3.6 L, V6
0 - 60 mph
Quarter Mile Timings
The data provided indicates that Canyon aces the Ridgeline by almost 0.3 secs and does a 0-60 mph sprint in 6.3 secs which also makes the GMC Canyon the fastest car in the segment, whereas, the Toyota Tacoma takes the maximum time to sprint and reach 0-60 MPH making it the slowest model in the segment.
Braking performance of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab
Honda Ridgeline seriously lacks some stopping power. The braking performance is slow and stops at 195 feet which is quite disappointing. Nevertheless, Honda has taken into consideration the safety leaks that the braking powers come with.
Bringing in ABS with EBD along with the Brake Assist (BA) somehow might help you be safer on the roads.
70 - 0 mph (in feet)
In terms of the competition, Honda Ridgeline took the longest in the 70 Miles per hour to a standstill test (70 - 0 mph). While all the other trucks stopped on the good side of the 180s, the Ridgeline stopped at a longer 195 ft. distance.
Towing Capacity Of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab
Built for toughness, we can't say for sure. All we can say, this is one refined machine that has a limited towing capacity In the 2WD option the Ridgeline can tow a maximum of 3500 pounds while when equipped with AWD functionality, you may be towing as much as 5000 lbs. Here's a quick suggestion, go by the numbers and DO NOT test the vehicle for towing capacity.
Maximum Towing Capacity (Configuration)
5000 lbs. (AWD)
6800 lbs. (4WD)
7000 lbs. (4WD)
7700 lbs. (4WD)
If towing capacity along with off-road capability is what you are looking for, you are in the wrong area. With the number on the Ridgeline's board, you can probably haul a small boat or a pop up camper. You can sure load a motorcycle or an ATV on the back of your Ridgeline.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Fuel Economy
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline gets the same engine as it had in the 2017 edition. The V-6 drives smooth and is mated to a 6 - Speed automatic transmission. The combination is almost a symphony delivering excellent fuel economy both in the city and on the highways. It wouldn't matter if you were driving an AWD or the 2WD train, the Ridgeline delivers a flat 18/19 in the city while a 24/25 on the highways. These figures indicate that the fuel efficiency of the Honda Ridgeline is decent if not the best.
When looking at the mpg figures for the competition, you wouldn't really be impressed with either. All the cars in the mid-size truck segment yield the same number. If you choose one, Honda Ridgeline would still deliver the best return to the price of gas in your city from the lot.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Interior
The interior of the Ridgeline is along the lines of a pilot, It's a cockpit-like cabin with an interior warped in leather upwards of the RTL trim of the vehicle. Even the base (RT) and Sport trims, you can opt for a black fabric upholstery interior. The dashboard is made out of soft plastic that meets the lines of luxury and sophistication. It also comes with a choice of 5.0-inch non-touch music control and an 8-inch HondaLink Infotainment system which makes the cabin look upmarket.
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline offers only one cabin size that a crew cab can accommodate with a maximum setting of 5 people. While the seats are comfortable and heated on the higher trims, the 60:40 split rear can also be folded for even increased cargo space on the car.
However, the truck doesn't really have a fully flat floor underneath the seats but sure helps in carrying some more weight around when the trunk is full or in case of bad weather.
The data indicates that the GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado provides the maximum comfort and space to its occupants than any of its competitors, whereas, even though the Honda Ridgeline is quite adequate in terms of its cabin space and seating arrangements, it still provides less space than its competitors which is why it comes last in this segment. Some of the main interior features of the Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab are:
leather-wrapped steering wheel
heated front seats
heated steering wheel
10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
driver's seat memory function
Infotainment System of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab
This is an area where most people, even not-so-music-buffs are not going to be happy about. Honda has not been very effective with the HondaLink on the Ridgeline. The system is not much fun to use, it's more on the lines of unresponsive, and takes time getting used to. Covering the bad ground are some features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a trick, optional in-bed audio system, but still not impressed. The main infotainment features of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab are:
5.0-inch non-touch display
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration
2018 Honda Ridgeline Exterior
This is where Honda smoothly picked up the right cards with this pickup. Revamping the whole look was a smart move after all. If someone asked me about this truck? My general reaction would have been "Is that a truck at all?".
Honda Ridgeline is now one pretty truck, a perfect city companion for some dirty jobs. In its second generation, the Honda Ridgeline has managed to retain its high strength steel with near-vertical rear glass and horizontal bed size making the model quite good looking and functional.
Looking at the measurements, The Ridgeline is just like any other truck in the category. The Ridgeline is almost as long and tall as the Toyota Tacoma, Colorado and the Canyon when equipped with the crew/double cabs and standard beds. However, the Honda is drastically wider, it is the widest truck in the category even without the mirrors. The main exterior features of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab are:
LED Headlamps and Tail Lamps
Near Vertical Rear Glass
2 Front Towing Hooks
Removable TailGate with Key Lock
Underhood Service Lamp
2018 Honda Ridgeline Safety
The new Honda Ridgeline is one of the safest trucks around. Honda Ridgeline has been rated as Good on safety measures, as rated by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). The icing on this pound cake is being listed for the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
However, competition is not far behind in terms of safety. Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon, and Chevy Colorado have received four stars from NHTSA while Honda's offering scored a composite five stars. Overall, Honda Ridgeline can easily pass for being the safest pickup from the lot, or in the category.
Honda has carefully decided that Ridgeline should be the clear pick for anyone who is looking forward to buying a safer truck, if not the safest, which it might pass for. Several Active safety features can be found as standard on the spec list of Honda Ridgeline. Safety features in the 2018 Honda Ridgeline include:
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Brake Assist (BA)
Multi-Angle Rear View Camera with Guidelines
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)*with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators
Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
Keeping Active Safety on point, Honda also takes care of passengers on the passive fronts. Honda has left no stone unturned in order to make the Ridgeline, the safer car it is. All the passive safety features have been made standard on all the trims. The passive safety features include Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure, and Front, Side and Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensors.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Competition
Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab V/S GMC Canyon
The GMC Canyon is a solid, highly recommended choice among mid-size pickups for its terrific powertrains, comfortable interior, and refined demeanor. However, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline is the more comfortable truck one can drive since it has the capability that many casual buyers want.
Honda Ridgeline V/S Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado is one of the most capable trucks in the class, with a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds and a payload rating is similar to the Ridgeline. The Honda has a slight edge when it comes to safety and predicted reliability ratings, and it has a more upscale interior than the Chevy.
Both trucks have admirable on-road handling, but the Chevrolet Colorado is attractive out of the two.
Honda Ridgeline V/S Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma ranks near the top of the class on the strength of its excellent predicted reliability rating. Its available four-wheel-drive system makes it better suited for off-roading than the Ridgeline, and its 1,620-pound payload capacity and 6,800-pound tow rating are better than the Honda's as well.
The Tacoma comes standard with a user-friendly infotainment system and a healthy dose of standard driver assistance features. But the Ridgeline boasts better safety scores, composed on-road handling, and a spacious cabin.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Final Verdict
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is one powerful contender when the city roads are where you spend most of your time and there are chores that you have to run around for, often. Ridgeline is one comfortable truck with enough power on tap. However, for the wilder ones, who hit the trails more often, Ridgeline doesn't check the right boxes. For those who tow their belongings around on a regular, this truck might fail you. There are other trucks in the market that are more utilitarian and are more truck-like, unlike the unibody Ridgeline. But for those who carry deep pockets and are city runners, the truck would fit right in the bill. With all the luxury and space, and features like the in-bed trunk and bed speakers, this is surely a rocker for the modern buyers, looking at SUV-like trucks.
Strong engine performance. Unfortunately, it? not quite efficient in gas consumption. Good payload capacity.
by Peter G. Gribble
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Advantage & disadvantage of 2020 Honda Ridgeline.
It drives great on the offroad. It? not a big deal breaker on the towing big camper or boat trailer.
by Rosendo A. Campbell
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Trips and tricks of Honda Ridgeline.
I use it for truck stuff all the time. It? a great family vehicle too. Road trips with the dog and baby, and cargo, very comfy.
by Paul P. Moore
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I've a blacked edition truck
Don't want to tell but I think it would be injustice to all the people who are planning to buy it and just getting one last piece of info from other users and their experiences. The power band is not the best I've had in a car and one needs to have significantly heavy foot to get going. Not sure if this is a bad thing but didn't have this in my previous truck.
by Monte T. Ollis
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Bang for buck
This is my first truck and it never felt like one. A lot of pointers on driving trucks from experienced drivers, it never seemed like a big hefty vehicle where I started to go off the note on what to do. Visibility is decent and so are the driver assisted features and scratching off the kerb where you don't even know it is not a thing for Ridgeline. On top of all this, maintenance cost is more lik...